Sho-Deen, village renew commitment to development
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Now that Sho-Deen Inc. has sold most of its Mill Creek homesites in Geneva, it is ready to pursue the Elburn Station development. If fully built and occupied, the proposed development on Elburnâ€™s east side could double the current village population.
â€œWe’re running out of inventory (in Mill Creek),â€ Sho-Deen representative David Patzelt told the Elburn Committee of the Whole on Monday.
â€œWe want to move forward in this corridor into Elburn as soon as possible. We are anxious and ready to move forward,â€ Patzelt said.
The Elburn Village Board approved Sho-Deen’s basic concept plan two years ago for a 681-acre residential and commercial development from just north of Route 38 at Anderson Road and south to Keslinger Road. Sho-Deen’s Mill Creek subdivision is directly east along Keslinger.
Since 2008, Sho-Deen had not pursued the Elburn Station development as actively as it did before the housing market slowed that year.
The village president and trustees, who comprise the Committee of the Whole, said Monday that they also want the project to move forward.
â€œFrom my seat, Elburn really needs this project,â€ trustee Jerry Schmidt said. â€œI am looking forward to working with you.â€
Although Sho-Deen now wants to move quickly toward final village approval of the project, trustee Bill Grabarek cautioned village officials on Monday not to hurry the development approval process.
â€œIt is the biggest thing that will have come to Elburn â€¦ and it will be here forever,â€ Grabarek said. â€œI don’t want to make any hasty decisions.â€
Sho-Deen and the village agreed Monday to begin talking in more detail about the development, from the company’s financial contribution to the wastewater treatment plant expansion to bicycle paths and street lighting placement.
In addition to pursuing the development plan with the village, Sho-Deen is negotiating with the Kane County Department of Transportation on the amount of right-of-way the company will provide for the extension of Anderson Road south to Keslinger, and building an overpass at the Anderson rail crossing. Federal funds are available for those projects.
Sho-Deen first presented the Elburn Station proposal to the village in January 2007. Plans feature single-family homes on lots ranging in width from 30 to 80 feet; multi-family housing within a half-mile around the Metra station with density up to 12 units per acre; and commercial areas on the north and south sides of the development. The total number of planned residences is 3,009, including up to 1,000 multi-family units.
If the Village Board approves final plans for Elburn Station, building could take up to 20 years to complete.